David Livingstone Birthplace Museum

David Livingstone Birthplace Museum

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Museum or gallery in South Lanarkshire

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The David Livingstone Trust (DLT) was entrusted in 1929 with the ownership of David Livingstone Birthplace (DLB) at Blantyre, which includes the Category A-Listed Building of Livingstone’s birth, surrounding parkland, and a collection of 4,000 objects. The Birthplace Project has re-launched the site and re-interpreted his story for a new generation, telling his life story from multiple perspectives, from his humble beginnings as a Blantyre millworker to becoming a world-famous adventurer. David Livingstone Birthplace is the only independent museum in Scotland that is dedicated to preserving the legacy of David Livingstone and re-examining his work within the complex and painful realities of slavery, colonialism and nineteenth century European attitudes towards African people and community groups. This puts the museum in a unique position to be central to discussions around Scotland’s role in slavery and colonisation and how that is represented both in our interpretation of David Livingstone’s story and the objects we hold within the museum. We embrace that position, and are committed to challenging unconscious bias, privilege, apathy, and ignorance. We consider all of this in relation to understanding Scottish heritage, missionary work, colonial history, and specifically with regard to the untold and contested narratives relating to Black history. The museum’s stunning exhibition showcases Livingstone’s life, from his birth in Blantyre to his death in Zambia. Visitors can learn about the Scottish missionary, activist, and explorer, and travel with him from Scotland to Southern and Central Africa, discovering the communities and people who played a pivotal part in Livingstone’s life and expeditions, before reflecting on his legacy. The museum is set in 11 acres of beautiful park land and includes nature trails, the 'Livingstone and the Lion' sculpture (designed by Academy Award winning film producer Ray Harryhausen and cast by acclaimed sculptor Garth Knowles), and an exciting play park.

165 Station Road, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire G72 9BY Scotland


0141 3753105

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